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"Nothing's as big as your first love."
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Coming of age is never easy, but it's especially difficult in a city like Manhattan. It is even more difficult when prepubescence is over-complicated with parental turmoil and unrequited love. Little Manhattan deals with all these issues through the eyes of Gabe, an 11-year-old residing in the metropolis of upper Manhattan. Gabe is a kid who has been afforded an interesting life lesson at the tender age of 11. His parents, Adam and Leslie, are in the throws of a complicated divorce; one that has kept them living under the same roof while legally separated. Gabe, however, is just beginning to understand the sensation of being in love when he sees Rosemary, a classmate, in Karate. As the summer begins and progresses the youngsters form a deep friendship and begin to spend a great deal of time together, but young Gabe is afraid to share his true feelings.

Gabe continues to work with Rosemary in karate and see her after class to work on their moves, but a broken arm and the realization that Rosemary's parents are planning to send her to private school the following year, send the youngster into emotional turmoil. Eventually, he lashes out at his new love, and is forced to come to terms with the end of love in a city like Manhattan.

Gabe's summer is certainly eventful and he appears to learn a great deal during his short love affair with Rosemary. He begins to gain a deeper understanding of his parents and their current emotional situation. Through the urging of his father Gabe heads over to see Rosemary at a wedding before she leaves for camp; partially to explain himself and partially to apologize for his outburst.

The summer ends for the couple when Rosemary heads off to sleep away camp and Gabe attempts to busy himself even with a broken arm. The tale is one that has been told before, but never so imaginatively through the eyes of such a young boy. The story is heartwarming and easy to relate to for both children and adults alike.

| 2005 | 1 hr 30 min | 7.5/10 | 52/100
Josh Hutcherson, Charlotte Ray Rosenberg, Bradley Whitford, Cynthia Nixon
Regency Enterprises, New Regency
Mark Levin
Produced By
Arnon Milchan, Gavin Polone

Also directed by Mark Levin

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